Steven Richards

Steven is a Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission, reviewing the care and treatment of people detained under the Act. He is also used by the CQC as a specialist advisor on the Mental Capacity Act and DoLS during inspections of services. Steven is a Director of Edge training and consultancy and has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years, both for the NHS and voluntary sector. He has been an in-patient advocate for Mind working across adult, older persons and PICU wards and as an advocate represented directly before the Court of Protection.

Steven delivers training on the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act across England and Wales to health and social care professionals. He has experience of training a wide variety of services on the MCA including local authorities, CCGs, NHS Trusts, the police and hospices. Steven has spoken at a series of Health Education England conferences on the MCA at the end of life and most recently has been a key note speaker at a number of Safeguarding Adult Board conferences.

Steven is co-author of three books:

  • Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – 3rd edition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-5-8)
  • Working with the Mental Health Act – 3rd edition (ISBN: 978-0-9552349-4-1)
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook – 1st edition (ISBN: 978-0-9931324-0-7)

He also co-authors several wall charts on the Acts and an App on the Mental Capacity Act (see below).

What people say about Steven:
2018 training feedback

“Very entertaining & interactive trainer – good use of different presenting techniques to make a difficult subject fun. Thank you”

“Fabulous – this will be so useful and Steven presents the information in an engaging style : ) ”

“Excellent as usual – very informative and interesting”

“Excellent course and excellent delivery”

“Fantastic engaging trainer”

“Steven is as thought provoking and engaging as ever”

“The delivery of the material was excellent which was important to my role as a BIA. I have gained more knowledge and awareness. My practice will definitely improve”

Wall Charts (all available from

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (co-author)
  • Mental Health Act 1983 (co-author)
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 (co-author)
  • Consent and the Mental Capacity Act (co-author)

The Mental Capacity Act (App)

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